CityBeat - City Desk http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-238-1-city_desk.html <![CDATA[State Renews License for Cincinnati’s Only Abortion Clinic - ]]>

Cincinnati’s last remaining clinic providing abortions will stay open, Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio announced Nov. 20.

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<![CDATA[Council Passes Streetcar Funding, Operating Agreements - ]]>

Cincinnati City Council on Nov. 19 passed operating and funding agreements for the city’s streetcar, a milestone for the contested project.

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<![CDATA[Neighborhood Clean-Up Program Targets Walnut Hills Eyesore - ]]>

A pedestrian walkway between McMillian Street and Curtis Street in Walnut Hills called the St. James Cut Through has long been a community eyesore and crime hot spot.

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<![CDATA[Council Commits to Doubling Human Services Fund - ]]>

City Council on Nov. 13 unanimously passed a motion committing $1.5 million more to the city’s Human Services fund in its next budget, doubling the fund’s size.

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<![CDATA[Ohio Considers Making Providers of Execution Drugs Secret - ]]>

Conservative lawmakers in Ohio’s General Assembly are pushing a new bill, HB 663, that would exempt from public records laws details about those who supply lethal injection drugs to the state.

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<![CDATA[Federal Court Upholds Region’s Same-Sex Marriage Bans - ]]>

The Cincinnati-based 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Nov. 6 upheld laws banning same-sex marriage in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee. 

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<![CDATA[Cranley, Portune Propose Shared Services Task Force - ]]>

Mayor John Cranley and Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune on Nov. 10 proposed creating a task force that could help the city and county governments share services.

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<![CDATA[City Passes Regulations on Rideshare Companies - ]]>

City Council voted Oct. 29 to approve rules governing ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft, marking the first time since the companies came here in March that they’ve been regulated by the city.

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<![CDATA[Council OKs Sealing of Low-Level Weed Convictions - ]]>

Some of the 10,000 Cincinnatians convicted under an unpopular and now-repealed marijuana law will now be able to put the past behind them.

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<![CDATA[Report: Ohio Needs to Double Transportation Funding Over Next Decade - ]]>

Ohio will need to spend $1.1 billion annually on public transit by the year 2025, a new study commissioned by the Ohio Department of Transportation says.

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<![CDATA[Mayor’s Jobs Initiative Criticized for Diverting Nonprofit Funding - ]]>

Mayor John Cranley’s “Hand Up” job initiative will be funded in part by cuts to other anti-poverty and blight mitigation programs. That has some advocates for the poor up in arms.

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<![CDATA[NAACP Considering Cincinnati for 2016 Convention - ]]>

The convention planning committee for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) on Oct. 17 recommended the Cincinnati for the civil rights organization’s 2016 annual convention.

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<![CDATA[Cincinnati’s Last Remaining Abortion Provider Could Close - ]]>

The city’s last remaining women’s health clinic that provides abortions might soon be shuttered.

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<![CDATA[City Ends Fiscal Year with $18 Million Budget Surplus - ]]>

The city budget ran an $18 million surplus for the fiscal year ending June 2014, City Manager Harry Black said last week.

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<![CDATA[Effort to Save Historic Murals Moves Forward - ]]>

In an effort to save the iconic industrial murals that hang in the two shuttered terminals slated for demolition at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, Mayor John Cranley has resurrected the city’s Mural Preservation Task Force.

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<![CDATA[City to Pay for Compost Site Clean Up - ]]>

City Council voted Oct. 15 to spend $300,000 to clean up Compost Cincy, a former Winton Hills composting company created in 2012 with the help of the city’s Office of Environment and Sustainability.

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<![CDATA[Dems Decry Polling Place Signage Bearing Jon Husted’s Name - ]]>

Democrats are up in arms over signage the secretary of state’s office is requiring polling places to post bearing the prominent name and signature of Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted.

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<![CDATA[County Budget Proposal: Increase Sales Tax, Lower Property Tax - ]]>

A budget proposal by Hamilton County Administrator Christian Sigman unveiled Oct. 13 calls for a .25 percent increase in sales taxes and a decrease in property taxes for the county. 

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<![CDATA[New York City Officials Tour Cincinnati Public Schools - ]]>

New York City Vice Mayor Richard Buery was in Cincinnati Oct. 8 and 9 touring the city’s groundbreaking community learning centers.

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<![CDATA[Sittenfeld Announces Living Wage Employer Initiative - ]]>

City officials on Oct. 2 announced the Cincinnati Living Wage Employer Initiative, which will officially recognize employers paying their employees at least $10.10 an hour.

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